Rockets begin preseason tonight

The Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League officially unveiled their new look on Thursday. Showing off the jerseys are players, from left, Kyle Topping, Kaedan Korczak and Nolan Foote. The Rockets open the 2019-2020 preseason tonight at Prospera Place against the Victoria Royals.

On the eve of their opening exhibition game, Kelowna Rockets unveiled the team’s new uniforms for the 2019-20 season, as well as their Canadian Cancer Society “Pink in the Rink” jersey.

The Rockets will enter a new generation of jersey as the team not only has revamped the look but will also be wearing CCM’s Quicklite jersey technology.

The Quicklite jersey features a more breathable fabric that is designed for increased comfort, enhanced durability, and a better range of motion. They also include new CCM DNA on the back and a new signature collar design.

The red jersey will now feature the team’s primary logo and will become the team’s away jersey, replacing the black. For the first time in franchise history, the home white jersey will have black shoulders. A new black third jersey will be revealed in December.

“We haven’t made very many changes to our jerseys over the years,” Rockets president and general manager Bruce Hamilton. said, Thursday.

“The home white one is a bigger change for us, we wanted to get a little more black on the shoulders. The red has always been a popular jersey, I think that it adds more colour to the arena.”

The Rockets will begin wearing their new sweaters once the regular season opens.

Retail versions of the new jerseys will be available at the Rockets store and online today.

Kelowna will enter the season on a colourful note as the home opener on Saturday, Sept. 21 against the Spokane Chiefs will also double as the Canadian Cancer Society “Pink in the Rink” game.

It’s the tenth consecutive season that the Rockets have hosted the game, which benefits the Canadian Cancer Society. The game-worn jerseys, which feature a special 10-year shoulder patch, will be up for auction with the money raised going to the CIBC Run for the Cure.

“The success of this game over the last nine seasons wouldn’t be what it is without the fans,” said Rockets director of marketing Anne-Marie Hamilton. “None of this would be possible without the support of our amazing fans. Together we've raised over $75,000 for CIBC's Run for the Cure, and we're hoping to hit $100,000 this season. We’ll have giveaways at the game for fans who are wearing pink."

Pink glow wristbands will be handed out to fans in attendance. They are also encouraged to wear pink to the game. Tickets are on sale at selectyourtickets.com, at the Prospera Place box office or by phone at 250-762-5050.

Meanwhile, the Rockets begin its pre-season season tonight at Prospera Place in a game against the Victoria Royals.

The puck drops at 7:05 p.m.

Tickets for tonight’s game versus the Royals are available from SelectYourTickets.com, by phone at 250-762-5050 or in person at the Prospera Place box office.

Packages for the 2020 Memorial Cup are also available to current and future 2019/2020 Kelowna Rockets season ticket holders by contacting Andrew Deans or Gavin Hamilton at 250-860-7825.